The Importance Of Your Business Having Fire Risk Assessments
A serious fire in the workplace can have a devastating impact on the future of the business, destroying expensive equipment, damaging the structural integrity of the building, and – of course – putting the lives of employees at risk. In this short article, we will discuss the importance of a fire protection risk assessment and how Rhino Fire Control can help you to fulfil your obligations.
What Is A Fire Risk Assessment?
As the owner or site manager of a food production facility, you have a legal responsibility to make sure the building is protected against fire. If you employ more than five people, a written fire risk assessment is mandatory.
A fire risk assessment is an integral part of a fire safety policy. In simple terms, this identifies potential dangers that could cause or contribute to a fire and considers measures to prevent these from recurring. In an assessment you should:
Identify the active fire hazards in the premises.
Identify who is at risk if a fire occurs.
Evaluate your existing fire safety measures, whether these are adequate, and if additional protection is required.
Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan, and deliver training.
Review and revise the fire risk assessment regularly.
What Are The Consequences Of Not Conducting A Fire Risk Assessment?
In smaller businesses with less than five employees, carrying out an assessment will offer peace of mind that the dangers of fire are minimised and build confidence among your employees that their welfare is protected.
Not having an up-to-date fire risk assessment can lead to:
An elevated chance of a fire breaking out.
An increased probability that staff will be injured or even killed in a fire.
Excessive costs to repair damage to the building and replace assets.
Buildings insurance being declared invalid by your insurer.
Severe fines or imprisonment if your legal obligations are ignored.
How Can Fire Risk Assessment Services Help?
Entrusting your fire risk assessment to a BAFE-registered expert, such as Rhino Fire Control, will ensure that all dangers are spotted and proper countermeasures are implemented. A specialist assessment is likely to be more detailed and effective than an internal inspection.
A professional fire risk assessment offers peace of mind and saves you time, as all aspects of the inspection are carried out on your behalf, including maintaining written records to ensure you comply with the law.
Contact The Experts To Arrange Your Business’s Fire Safety Risk Assessment
At Rhino Fire Control, our team of experienced fire safety specialists conduct bespoke fire risk assessments to identify hazards and implement safeguards in a range of business premises, including food manufacturing facilities.
To find out more, please contact us today.
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